Super Saver Skincare: Top Buys For Under A Fiver

So we all made it through January hopefully unscathed, but our wallets are still sobbing from being in a post-Christmas splurging state. In order to combat this I’ve come up with an edit of essential skincare bits that will help your complexion through these winter months, but thankfully each of my picks costs under a fiver. Sometimes there are fab products out there that don’t require a second mortgage, but they often go unnoticed because of their simplicity or price point. This February I’m introducing you to four of my favourites…

skincare saviours - under a fiver

I’m sure you have heard all of the hype surrounding L’Oreal’s Skin Perfection Micellar Solution, and I think that those of you who’ve tried it will agree with me when I say that it’s fabulous. It doubles up as both a makeup remover and a cleanser, doing the trick for me on most days. At £4.99 it’s an absolute steal and does last a while too – a bottle has seen me through around six weeks (taking into account I use two generous squeezes, twice a day). It’s usually on offer too, which explains why I have two fresh bottles waiting to be used in my beauty drawer.

The Tea Tree Toner Water from Lush is one of my all time favourite products for acne-prone skin, and one that really helped improve my complexion when it was at its worst. Although targeted to people suffering with acne, I’d consider this product to be an all-rounder; delivering a refreshing, cool spritz when needed, and the guarantee that you will smell mighty fine, makes it a must-have. As for how it helps the skin, I found that this reduces any tightness post-cleansing and acts as a great primer for moisturiser. The small 100g bottle costs £3.95 and is great value, lasting me a number of months before I upgraded to the larger 250g bottle (£7.50.)

The first moisturiser I truly loved using, and the one I always find myself going back to, is Simple’s Hydrating Light Moisturiser. There’s not much I can say about this that hasn’t already been raved about already, but it really is great. It provides just enough moisture to the skin without being overwhelming and/or suffocating, suiting a whole range of skin types and even you oily-skinned girls. At £3.99 it’s such a bargain too, especially for a bottle which seems to last forever. One warning I must add, though – be careful as you squeeze the product out of this; too much force when squeezing could result in literal explosions.

When it comes to deep cleansing, I always head straight to Biore’s Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser. It’s bright blue and quite unusual; I find an injection of colour into my routine is always refreshing and helps to keep me focused. It is thick and quite sticky (which some may feel uncomfortable with,) but if you’re up for colour and a generous dose of watermelon scent, this one’s a winner. At £4.99 this is at the upper end of my ‘under-a-fiver’ edit, but it deserves to be here nonetheless. The money doesn’t go to waste by any means – a deep cleanse once a week will have this lasting a couple months or so, with your skin feeling incredibly soft afterwards.

So there you go – my small selection of inexpensive skincare goodies. Have you tried any of these before? If so, what did you think of them?

Written by Thalia Fairweather



  1. Charlotte Clark
    February 13, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    I really want to give the Loreal solution a go! I am a fan of everything from the Simple range, my beauty routine is made up of 90% products from Simple! xx

  2. Whats on your tulips
    February 13, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    The one skin problem I suffer with is blackheads. I absolutely love anything that's warming I find it really fun to apply. I'm always looking at ways to get rid of them and have never seen this before, thank you!

  3. Fazy
    February 13, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    I used to use Simple'. But made a change last year to L'oreal. Fazy

  4. Jodie
    February 13, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    I love simples moisturiser, it's worked where all else either are too light, too heavy or irritate my skin.

  5. Anonymous
    February 13, 2014 / 6:18 pm

    I love the L'Oreal miceller and the lush tea tree water 🙂 I don't use the L'Oreal water as a make up remover, just as a clean up method, or for cleaning my waterline. I love the tea tree water! I also love the smell of it.Catherine x

  6. casuallyawkward
    February 13, 2014 / 6:47 pm

    Lush's Tea Tree Water is one of my holy grail products, I use it everyday! Casualllyawkward

  7. Vivian Yuen
    February 13, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    Definitely picking up a bottle of that tea tree water when I'm next out!LIVE.IN.LOVE ~

  8. Woodyxx
    February 13, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    I lovvvve the lush tea tree water! So yummy :)

  9. Aerin Downs
    February 15, 2014 / 8:42 am

    I didnt actually like the micellar water. It made my eyes really itchy and red. I would love to try the Biore cleanser because I have bad blackheads :(! BerrieBlogs – Beauty Blog x

  10. Louise Jeez
    February 15, 2014 / 3:17 pm

    I've been looking at some light moisturisers for my son, after looking at the Simple Moisturiser, the second ingredient is mineral oil…. runs like the wind!

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